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Bears more than accommodating to Cutler, so now what?

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  • Bears quarterback Jay Cutler looked strong in the season-opening rout of the Colts, but against the Packers four nights later ... not so much.

      Bears quarterback Jay Cutler looked strong in the season-opening rout of the Colts, but against the Packers four nights later ... not so much.
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Let's take another jab at Jay Cutler while everything about him still is at issue.

Next week they might not be anymore. Cutler might have an outstanding game in a Bears victory and all will be placed on hold.

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For the rest of this week, though, everything from Cutler's mechanics to demeanor to haircut will be propped up for discussion.

I would like to bring Bears management into the controversy because it has helped create what Cutler is today.

This is nothing new in this town. The Cubs empowered Sammy Sosa into being Sammy Sosa, and the White Sox empowered Ozzie Guillen into being Ozzie Guillen.

Sosa and Guillen were allowed to be their dubious selves until they no longer were useful. Then each was granted a messy divorce.

Cutler isn't quite in their league yet. However, comparisons can be drawn because the Bears are enabling Cutler in a similar manner.

That isn't necessarily terrible, by the way, especially if Cutler throws touchdown passes the way Sosa hit home runs and wins a Super Bowl the way Guillen won a World Series.

If Cutler reaches those levels, nobody will care much about his personality and smirk and relationship with teammates.

The question is whether the Bears -- from the McCaskey ownership to club president Ted Phillips and general manager Phil Emery to head coach Lovie Smith -- are going about the right way of getting the most out of their peculiar quarterback.

It's always a bit uncomfortable when a franchise in any sport overly leans toward overly accommodating one of its players.

The Bears have done that with Cutler, perhaps not surprisingly considering that historically they haven't had much experience dealing with a talented quarterback.

So last off-season the Bears gave Cutler his quarterbacks coach of choice in Jeremy Bates and wide receiver of choice in Brandon Marshall.

Bates and Marshall are good at what they do, but who knows whether Bears management would have been interested in them if they hadn't had a prior relationship with Cutler in Denver?

Heck, Cutler also expressed admiration for Dane Sanzenbacher and the next thing you know the limited wide receiver makes the team.

Cutler and offensive coordinator Mike Martz didn't click the past two seasons, so Martz is gone and Mike Tice was promoted into his position.

How long will it be before Cutler-Marshall-Bates become unhappy and Tice is the victim of a Halas coup?

What keeps running through my mind is how other management teams managed their reputed franchise quarterbacks.

Unless I'm mistaken, head coach Bill Walsh never handed over the 49ers' offense even to Joe Montana.

Walsh determined what was best for Montana and surrounded him with those players, that scheme and winning game plans.

Jimmy Johnson, Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick always have been bosses to, not partners with, respective employees Troy Aikman, Phil Simms and Tom Brady.

It's hard to imagine that any of those coaches wouldn't have scolded his quarterback for getting physical with one of his linemen the way Cutler did with J'Marcus Webb on Thursday night.

Maybe Tony Dungy did turn over the Colts' offensive keys to Peyton Manning, but that was an exception. Maybe Cutler will be another exception and some day convert the power the Bears gave him into a championship.

For now, though, Jay Cutler will have to play better and win more games before critics stop jabbing at him.

mimrem@dailyherald.com

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